Warzone 2 Season 3 adds one-shot snipers, pacing and movement changes
Notable changes previewed ahead of Wednesday’s launch
Activision has detailed some of the big changes coming to Warzone 2 this week as part of the game’s Season 3 update.
These include changes to the battle royale game’s pacing, combat, movement and more.
Improvements to the core pacing include “a reduced delay time between circles closing towards the mid-game, the addition of more Ammo Caches and Buy Stations in areas to support regain in the late-game, as well as the inclusion of UAV Towers to provide intel and encourage more combat engagement opportunities”.
Activision has released the patch notes for Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 Season 3, which is now live.
One-hit-down sniper rifles are also coming to the game after being tested in its Saint Patrick’s Day event. Bolt-action snipers equipped with Explosive Ammunition will be able to down enemies with one shot, and the MCPR-300 has also had Explosive Ammunition added to its progression.
Among the planned equipment and killstreak rebalances, the Bomb Drone “will no longer one-hit-down and can instead support flushing and/or pushing an enemy squad”.
In terms of movement, the Redeploy Drones first introduced to Ashika Island will provide players with a new way to quickly traverse Al Mazrah.
“Movement will now feel more dynamic and fluid due in part to improvements to mantling over objects or through windows, with slight adjustments to sliding and diving responsiveness”, Activision said.
Movement changes and weapon balancing will exist across Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2.
Season 3 will also include the return of the multiplayer mode Gunfight. One of the maps featured in Gunfight will be Blacksite, which is the home of Warzone 2’s new 1v1 Gulag too.
“Blacksite is a roughly rectangular, asymmetrical map with several interior spaces and long external routes, especially on the west portion of the map, where there is a large corridor that stretches between the two spawn areas,” according to Activision.
“That area in particular is great for long-distance weaponry, if you have it in your Gulag Loadout; otherwise, it’s a clear path for equipment to be thrown down at the start of a duel. For close-quarters engagements, use the various buildings, where Operators can weave in and out of doorways and other openings to disorient their opponents.”
Season 3 of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 will launch on April 12 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST.